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Research Project: Development of New Stone Fruit Cultivars and Rootstocks for the Southeastern United States

Location: Fruit and Tree Nut Research

Title: Historical chill hours at Byron and production data in Georgia

item Chen, Chunxian

Submitted to: University of Georgia Peach Blog
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/6/2023
Publication Date: 4/6/2023
Citation: Chen, C. 2023. Historical chill hours at Byron and production data in Georgia. University of Georgia Peach Blog.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Historical chill hours at Byron, GA and peach production in GA will provide a glimpse of future peach production and breeding priorities in the region. The chill hours received at Byron, GA changed irregularly with an average of 1044 and trended downwards steadily. Estimated linearly, the averages of chill hours dropped approximately 11.78% over the years. If this trend continues, there would be more incidences of insufficient chilling. The total peach yields declined but the farm values increased steadily in GA. The trends appeared to fluctuate far more unpredictably recent decades. The historical data is helpful for understanding future chill hours and peach production in the region.